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Chronicle of a Summer [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1960]

Release Date:02/26/2013
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Originally Chronique d'Un Ete, this black & white, 16-millimeter film is an exercise in cinema verite, conceived by an anthropologist/moviemaker (Jean Rouch) and a sociologist/movie critic (Edgar Morin). The all-amateur cast includes a black university student, a factory worker and a young holocaust survivor. Each is interviewed on a variety of current-events topics, and each is permitted to ramble on until the camera runs out of film. As a coda, the interviewees are seen talking among themselves, asking each other if they had been "acting" while on camera.~Hal Erickson


Un Été + 50 (2011), A Seventy-Five-Minute Documentary Featuring Outtakes From The Film, Along With New Interviews With Codirector Edgar Morin And Some Of The Film's Participants

Archival Interviews With Codirector Jean Rouch And Marceline Loridan, One Of The Film's Participants

New Interview With Anthropology Professor Faye Ginsburg, The Orginizer Of Several Rouch Retrospectives